VCCS New Horizons 2019

VCCS New Horizons 2019

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What is New Horizons & Why Attend?

A two and a half day conference packed with practical wisdom for educators…



The New Horizons Conference is the premier teaching and learning conference of the Virginia Community College System, annually attracting almost 1,000 Virginia college faculty, staff, and administrative leaders. The conference serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners of Virginia’s community colleges by enabling and supporting their professional development and interests in teaching, learning, and technology.

New Horizons is the single largest gathering of Virginia Community college teachers, researchers, administrators, and professionals. In 2018, New Horizons hosted almost 1,000 attendees including representatives from all VCCS colleges. The conference featured 200 hours of programming, 50+ exhibitors, and honored  awa rd winners from  across the state.

“Building Bridges:
Equity, Access & Opportunity”


The mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges states, “We give everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened.” Yet how do we achieve that across the board for an increasingly diverse population?

Let’s share constructive ways to help bridge obstacles to student success, be the challenge scholastic, economic, physical, cultural, or something else. Join the conversation and help create connections that lead to equitable access and outcomes for all, from first contact to completion.

Sessions on improving equitable outcomes for all students through innovative teaching and learning, integrated student support, and effective business practices will be offered throughout the conference, and will include a special hour-long exercise for all conferees on Thursday afternoon.



Who should attend?

  • VCCS faculty, staff, and administrative leadership
  • Curriculum, education and training development specialists and managers
  • Instructional systems designers and developers
  • Learning technologists
  • University representatives and partner organizations
  • Publishers, software vendors, educational product vendors, and other discipline-related associations
  • Those looking for proven teaching and learning solutions, including new tools, technologies, products, services, strategies, and best practices that they can deploy for student success

Why should you attend?

  • Opportunities for continuing professional career, instructional, organization, and workforce development
  • Crucial dialogues for pedagogy and practice for student success
  • Exciting presentations on trending educational and disciplinary advancements
  • Valuable teaching and learning resources, job aids and best practices
  • Personalized dialogue with academic thought leaders on VCCS strategic initiatves
  • Timely mentorship on publications, grant writing, and human resource management and supervision
  • Professional networking to refresh and revitalize, enjoy the region and the space


Last year marked the first time peer group conferences were embedded within the New Horizons conference.  Peer group conferences being featured this year are:

Accounting, Business, & Economics Peer Group

Sessions specific to these disciplines are still being accepted, and will be interspersed throughout the three days. A limited number of scholarships are available to cover 100% of registration fees for faculty who teach these disciplines. To qualify, be sure to include your job title including discipline (Accounting, Business, or Economics) and enter code NH19ABE when you register. These scholarships are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to register soon.

Concept Based Nursing

Sessions that specifically address the new concept-based nursing curriculum and its implementation will again be featured all day Thursday. This track continues the work of moving to a Concept Based Curriculum (CBC), designed to incorporate an active learning culture and focus on deep learning of nursing’s most central concepts.